Our Staff

Stan Cardwell – Lead Pastor

Pastor Stan has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years in 5 churches, throughout Maryland and West Virginia. His churches have, by God’s grace, grown in very different settings and ministry styles.

Stan’s pastoral role has him wearing many hats, but his favorites are creative worship design, missional outreach, culture watching and disciple building.  He has a passion to see people come alive in Christ and grow into fully-devoted followers of Jesus.

Stan’s wife is our children’s director, Michelle.  They have been married for thirty wonderful and crazy years, and have four (semi) grown children – Rachel, Rebecca, Daniel, and Lazarus, who was adopted from Uganda and brought home in 2009.

He and Michelle have traveled together to Jordan, Israel, Egypt, South Korea, Uganda, Guatemala, and Zimbabwe.  Each trip has deepened Stan’s faith and given him an appreciation for world cultures.

In his younger days he loved to play basketball, hunt, and fish. Now his renewing activities are reading, technology, outdoor projects, travel, and hiking (when his back cooperates).

Connect with Stan at scardwell@cumc.net

Hilary Ann Golden – Director of Youth and Communications

Hilary’s main responsibilities include equipping and developing leaders for the youth ministry, overseeing all aspects of the youth ministry programming, and assisting with communications for the church.

Hilary is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Messiah College with BA in Christian Ministry & Cross Cultural Studies in 2006 and from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology with a Master of Divinity in 2012.

Hilary has served in pastoral leadership in the areas of worship, spiritual formation, youth ministry and missions. She is passionate about Haiti, progressive theology, spiritual practice, and social justice. She is a Myers-Briggs INFJ, an Enneagram 2, and a solid “S” on the DISC spectrum.  She enjoys camping, cooking, fountain pens, exploring new places, traveling, Field Notes, listening to music, reading, Bob Dylan, campfires, and singing bad karaoke.

Connect with Hilary at hilaryanngolden@cumc.net or on social media: Facebook + Twitter + Instagram

Michelle Cardwell – Director of Children and Family Ministries

Michelle’s responsibilities here at Community include overseeing children’s Sunday School, CDC Chapel, Vacation Bible School, Nursery, coordinating family events, recruiting volunteers, and providing parenting workshops and education. She also serves in the community as a substitute teacher for our Crofton public schools.

Michelle is originally from the Philadelphia area of PA and she graduated from Penn State University with an AA in Liberal Arts and a focus in psychology.

Michelle is the mom to four young adult children, Rachel, Rebecca, Daniel, and Lazarus, and an energetic German Short-haired Pointer, named Penda. Her husband is Pastor Stan and they have been married for 30 years.

Michelle has a love for Africa, particularly Uganda, where her adopted son, Lazarus, is from. She loves serving on our Zimbabwe Mission Team and has a big heart for social/racial justice. Michelle loves spending time with her family, friends, the mountains, nature, traveling, and being immersed in different cultures.

Connect with Michelle at michelle4kidz@gmail.com

Lynn Bogovich – Director of Handbells, Orchestra, & Choir

Lynn has been serving in churches throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland as Director of Music, choir director, organist, handbell director, orchestra director and all around gopher since 1962.

Lynn attended UMBC to obtain a Bachelor’s in Computer Science (1992), with a minor in music.  In her spare time, she also attended George Washington University to obtain an MBA in Business Analysis (2013), while working for NASA, where she retired (2013) from the Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler Space Telescope, and the new James Webb Space Telescope.

Lynn has worked as interim and substitute organist for a variety of churches before coming to Community UMC in 2006 to direct the Jubilate Bronze Handbells, where she also took over the direction of the Orchestra in 2007.  As of July 2014, Lynn became the choir director and music director here at Community UMC.

She is currently teaching music in the Child Development Center at CUMC.  Lynn is also Music Chair at Golden Mean Tutorial Cooperative and gives private music lessons.

Connect with Lynn at lynnbogovich49@gmail.com

John Park – Accompanist

Junghoon (John) Park plays the piano during services here at Community, bringing hymns to life.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has participated in a variety of music festivals and competitions, such as the National Music Festival, Wonderlic Competition, Liszt-Garrison Competition, and International Keyboard Institute Festival.

John has recently been awarded a Special Honors award from the 2016 Paderewski Competition in Hartford, CT, and has participated in the Premio Scriabin Competition in Grosseto, Italy and 2017 International Chopin Competition in Hartford, CT. He was also selected among the top 12 live performers in the New York Piano Festival and Competition in July 2017.

John has been selected as the 2018 Rising Star for his stirring rendition of Earl Wild’s “Etude No. 4”, based on the George Gershwin standard “Embraceable You”.

Connect with John on his website.

Marissa Fischer – Administrative Assistant

Marissa’s responsibilities include answering and directing phone calls, handling requests for facilities usage, managing the church calendar, distributing mail, updating our database, and creating the weekly bulletin.

Marissa is currently a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. She specializes in 16th and 17th century paintings, with a focus on the Protestant Reformation and Dutch Golden Age. She hopes to continue on to graduate school next year, where she will work towards a Master’s degree in Library Sciences.

Marissa’s enjoys reading, cross-stitching, researching genealogy, and taking trips to museums in her spare time.

Connect with Marissa at cumc@cumc.net